The Test Case – First Episode Review

Series – The Test Case

Starring – Nimrat Kaur as Capt. Shikha Sharma, Atul Kulkarni as Ajinkya Sathe, Rahul Dev as Kripal Bhatti and Juhi Chawla in a special appearance as Defence Minister  Shraddha Pandit

Created by – Ekta Kapoor & Samar Khan

Written by – Nagesh Kukunoor & Mukul Srivastava {Screenplay} and Ishita Moitra {Dialogue}

Directed by –  Nagesh Kukunoor 

Platform – Alt Balaji

Produced by Endemol Shine India, the OTT platform recently launched by TV Czarina Ekta Kapoor finally streamed the first episode of the series that was inspired by a landmark verdict of President Pranab Mukherjee in 2016. Five days after it was supposed to be up. 

The Test Case, is Capt. Shikha Sharma’s journey to being the first woman to be successfully included in combat in the Indian Army as she gets honoured by the prestigious Maroon Beret, worn only by worn by the 50th Parachute Brigade, the President’s Body Guard, and the Special Forces Unit.

Shikha, a military intelligence officer has volunteered to be the first woman to try to get a place among the prestigious Special Forces Unit. And it is at this point that her journey begins.

The 41 minute long first episode is certainly the finest series premiere that has so far happened on the platform. 

The episode is tightly paced and crisply edited. The performances of the cast certainly makes you feel that they’ve done their homework. Juhi Chawla in a special appearance with a very Sushma Swaraj vibe was a delight to watch as this beautiful actress has been for far too long typecast as the bubbly girl next door and in recent times has been MIA, her last outing was Gulab gang, a movie which first chose to highlight her chops as antagonist. The highly talented and always dependable Atul Kulkarni once again in the matter of a few minutes proves why he’s Ajinkya and Rahul Dev finally seems to have a chance to play a character that might seem antagonistic but is not.

Nimrat, has been a treat for the eyes. Right from mannerisms to body language she embodies Shikha Sharma and slips into the skin of her character effortlessly. 

The episode was pitch perfect except for one scene with a cadet that was too long and too boring for me eventually and IMO could have been done without.  

Nagesh Kukunoor IMO has just landed with the first truly impressive series of the platform and I for one simply cannot wait for what’s next to come.

I would rate the series premiere episode of The Test Case a winning 4 out of 5. 

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Thoughts on The Test Case Promo

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If you have followed me long enough, then you probably know my penchant for the unusual and out of the ordinary. Yes I am guilty of watching #YHM even now but guilty pleasures are good for the soul 😆also you might now be aware of my knack to review almost anything that I do like and wish to talk about, which brings us to the picture in question here. Based on the landmark decision that women be included in the Indian army in combat by President Pranab Mukherjee, The Test Case is the subject for a show/movie/webseries that you would have never expected to happen, least of all it coming from the house of Balaji, because duh … precisely what makes it noticeable and out of the box, in a league of its own. I wouldn’t lie ever since I have learned of @ektaravikapoor launching @altbalaji I’ve been quite kicked up about it because as much as her shows have the power to drive you nuts, there’s no denying that this woman here has managed to carve a niche, and so her foray into a medium in its nascent stages in India is quite something alright. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying her Czarina status. And watching the very first full length promo featuring @nimratofficial@atulkulkarni_official @rahuldevofficial and @iamjuhichawla which sure as hell a knockout, it’s official Ms. Kapoor means business and is capable of much more than saas bahu sagas she is known for on prime time TV. I dunno what else is Ms. Kapoor holding up her sleeves, but if this is any indication of the things to come I’m sure she’s gonna rule the roost and add another feather to her cap definitely. Wishing all the luck to the team at @altbalaji and @ektaravikapoor for her latest venture and @nimratofficial I have to say this, you are absolutely phenomenal in the promo.